Originally we had planned to do a documentary about Frank's life and work because we have so much footage and so many photographs. But we did not want to do a "normal" talking head style documentary. We realized that Frank had already written a biography of sorts in his book, "Art of a Shaman" so we decided to try to use that as the "script" for the video. We decided to see if we could get people who were important to Frank and had played a part in his life to each read a chapter of the book. After drafting the email and sending it out we were blown away at the immediate response and the project took off. We assigned chapters to readers using the random principle ... as Frank loved to do ... pulling a piece of paper with a chapter number written on it from a bag as we read a person's name.
Once we had all of the recordings of the readings and added up the time, the documentary was going to be at least 3 hours long ... and it was going to take a really long time to put together. We then had a eureka on a walk one day.... we could put each chapter out on the web as we create them ... as episodes!
Several musicians are now creating "background music" for each episode.
Way back at the beginning, when we first had the thought of even doing a documentary about Frank, we asked Vinnie Spit Santino if he would write a song for it, without any idea how we would use it ... or what we were even doing with the documentary. Vinnie wrote the amazing "Let Me Be Frank" that will be the opening song for each episode ... and the title of the series!
Piano by Frank Moore. An excerpt from a live performance, "Sing Along, Jam Along, Play Along, Dance Along, Rub Along, Move Along with Frank Moore" for Leslie Baker's Salon, Montreal, Quebec, Canada via Skype. Recorded March 10, 2012.
“Let Me Be Frank” (the song) written, arranged, performed and produced by Vinnie Spit Santino
recorded, mixed and mastered at Vinali Creative Group, Van Nuys, CA by Vinnie Spit Santino.
Vinnie Spit Santino - lead vocals, all guitars, bass
Frank Moore - vocals on bridge
Rebecca Kyler Downs - backing vocals and all harmonies
Gary Ponder - drums
Drake Peterson - trumpet
Tony Rinaldi - trombone
“bomg” by Stephen Emanuel
“I’m Not Like Everybody Else” from Frank Moore’s Rock of Passion
Closing credits music:
“atung” by Stephen Emanuel
“To Be Free” written and performed by Tha Archivez
Dave Swan’s Dog House
Betty Boop: “Minnie The Moocher” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Betty Boop: “I Heared” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Three Stooges: “Disorder In The Court” [Public Domain]
Editing, Animation, and Title Design:
Linda Mac & Michael LaBash
Thanks to all of the readers so far.....
Dr. Susan Block
John the Baker
Dr. Richard Kerbavaz
Vinnie Spit Santino
Linda Carmella Sibio
And thanks to all of the musicians who have created music for this project so far …
Vinnie Spit Santino
Sander Roscoe Wolff
Thanks to the crew at Coffee Conscious for keeping us going!